HAMIL­TON EDGES EVER CLOSER TO SCHU­MACHER

Autosport (UK) - - CONTENTS - Kevin.turner@au­tosport.com

Lewis Hamil­ton has now joined the leg­endary Juan Manuel Fan­gio on five For­mula 1 world ti­tles and it would be easy to ar­gue that his 2018 cam­paign was his best so far. Fer­rari had a faster car for sig­nif­i­cant chunks of the sea­son and yet Hamil­ton had the points lead even be­fore Mercedes came on strong af­ter the sum­mer break. It is re­mark­able that Michael Schu­macher’s records of seven ti­tles and 91 world cham­pi­onship grand prix wins – which just a few years ago seemed un­ap­proach­able – are now within range. Hamil­ton’s tal­lies are cur­rently five and 71 re­spec­tively. Who you think is the great­est F1 driver of all time will de­pend on many fac­tors, not least of which is likely to be your age and the type of driver you most ad­mire. But there can be no doubt that Hamil­ton has earned a place in the de­bate, and it seems un­likely that he won’t add to his case in the months (and years?) to come. Who can stop him? Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Fer­rari need to se­ri­ously re­group af­ter their chal­lenge fell apart, but clearly the po­ten­tial is there. Per­haps more in­trigu­ing is Red Bull and Max Ver­stap­pen. Red Bull re­mains one of the most-savvy teams in the pad­dock and can still pro­duce a top chas­sis. If Honda’s up­ward tra­jec­tory con­tin­ues, per­haps Ver­stap­pen – who was su­perb in Mex­ico last week­end – will get a shot at Lewis be­fore the rules change in 2021. One of mo­tor rac­ing’s great­est ap­peals is the mix of hu­man and tech­nol­ogy, and our Mo­bil­ity Spe­cial dis­tills this to its finest de­gree. Mo­tor­sport isn’t al­ways the most pro­gres­sive of places, but big ad­vance­ments have been made in help­ing those with in­juries in re­cent years. There are some re­mark­able sto­ries in the sup­ple­ment and we thank all those who agreed to be in­volved.

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